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The importance of connection and community

No matter how we identify ourselves, a sense of community and belonging are essential to our wellbeing. The government’s wellbeing framework takes a narrow view of how we can connect with each other, through traditional structured social activities such as sport and volunteering, but these are not for everyone.

We have a lot to learn from approaches like participatory cities, which listen and respond to what communities themselves want to do to connect in practical ways. Better support for initiatives like community gardens and shared chicken-keeping can foster a sense of shared responsibility, contribute to healthy food choices and help people learn about and connect with our natural environment. Investment to support these initiatives is an important element of a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Besides which, chickens are funny! Below pic is my best friend Ebony, who is always up for a selfie.

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